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Updated on October 22, 2014
Mel and Robyn
Mel and Robyn
Mel and Oksana
Mel and Oksana | Source

Mel Gibson

Mel Gibson, American born actor, writer, producer and director well known for movies like "Mad Max, Braveheart and Lethal Weapon."

Mel was married to Australian nurse Robyn Denise Moore for twenty six years whereafter they separated due to Mel's arrest in Malibu for drunken driving. They have one daughter, six sons and three grandchildren. The divorce was filed in 2009 after photographs were taken of Gibson and a Russian pianist embracing on the beach. The divorce settlement was said to have been the highest in Hollywood history at $400 000 000 and was finalised in 2011.

Gibson made a red carpet appearance with the pianist who had previously had a baby with Timothy Dalton and in 2009 gave birth to Mel Gibson's daughter, Lucia.

Gibson and the pianist split in 2010 and Grigorieva filed a restraining order against Mel claiming that there was an incident of domestic violence.

Audio tapes were leaked onto the internet and Mel Gibson's agency dropped him. Civil rights activists alleged that Gibson had shown patterns of racism, sexism and anti- semitism calling for a boycott of Gibson movies.

In 2011 Mel Gibson stated that he never treated anyone badly and that the leak was taken out of context as he wanted to get out of a very unhealthy relationship and if people had listened to the unedited version they would have seen that he was innocent.

Gibson said in the same interview that he was allowed to end the case and still maintain his innocence calling it a "West plea." Prosecutors do not normally allow this but both the judge and prosecutors agreed that it was the right thing to do for the sake of his family and children.

Mel Gibson claimed that he had started drinking at the age of thirteen and was banned from driving in Ontario after he rear - ended a car under the influence.

Gibson was arrested for driving under the influence in 2006 whilst speeding with an open container of alcohol. When he was stopped by the police officer he said, "My life is over. I'm fucked. Robyn's going to leave me." According to the arrest report Mel than exploded into a fir of rage and said, "Fucking Jews....the Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world."

Gibson issued two apologies and entered into a recovery program to battle alcoholism.

Tom Cruise

We all know him from Top Gun, Risky Business, Rainman and Days of Thunder, to name a few.

Tom has been nominated for three Academy awards and has won three Golden Globes.

He was married to Mimi Rogers for two years and she introduced him to Scientology.

Cruise married Nicole Kidman and they adopted two children. Tom filed for divorce from Kidman where she then had an eptopic pregnancy.

He then dated Penelope Cruz and after the end of that relationship it was said that the church of scientology launched a secret project to find Cruise a girlfriend. They deined the story but it was confirmed by ex scientologist, Paul Haggis.

Tom later met Katie Holmes and after a month of dating declared his love for Katie on the Oprah Winfrey show where he famously jumped up and down on her couch.

Cruise and Holmes married in a scientology ceremony and later had a daughter.

It was speculated that the marriage was arranged by the church of scientology and after five years Holmes and Cruise divorced.

Tom Cruise is an outspoken representitive of the church of scientology and his comments have got him into some serious trouble. He said,"I think psychiatry should be outlawed." He openly criticized Brooke Shields for using an anti- depressant drug after she had post partum depression after the birth of her first daughter. He later apologised for his comments.

Tom wanted to promote Scientology in Europe and Nicolas Sarcozy and Jean - Claude Gaudin described Tom Cruise as a militant and barred any further dealings with him.

His publicist resigned and his production company dropped him but he is still watchable!

Amy and Blake
Amy and Blake

Amy Winehouse

Amy was a British singer and songwriter most famous for "Valerie" with her deep vocals and many genres of music. She won multiple grammy's and other awards and was listed 26 on VH1 top 100 Greatest Women in Music.

Amy went to theatre school at the age of nine and continued there for four years. At thirteen she started palying guitar. She worked hard to become one of the most magical voices in music.

Winehouse performed with a number of artists and went on tour not doing so well. She was booed and people walked out saying that she was stumbling and stuttering on stage.

Birmingham mail said,"It was one of the saddest nights of my life....I saw a supremely talented artist reduced to tears, stumbling around the stage, and unforgiveably, swearing at the audience."

Other concerts also ended this way with people saying that Amy looked highly intoxicated all the time. Winehouse announced that the remainder of her tour and concerts would be cancelled for the rest of the year as she needed rest after working so hard and being under a huge amount of stress and emotional strain.

Amy Winehouse was in a relationship with Blake Fielder - Civil and claimed that she would beat him up after drinking too much. He admitted that he introduced Amy to heroine and crack cocaine. Her parents feared that the couple would commit suicide.

Civil was imprisoned after a guilty plea for assaulting a pub landlord. Amy went on holiday with an actor Josh Broman where she had said that she was in love again and that her relationship with Blake was based on drugs. Blake filed for a divorce and said that he wanted a drug free life, Amy did not want to give him the divorce and said that she was still in love with him. The divorce was granted uncontested and Blake received no money after filing for adultery.

Amy battled with substance abuse and went through a very heavy patch of drug and alcohol abuse, violent mood swings and weight loss for a number of years and her parents believed that the death of her grandmother who was the stabiliser for Amy was the cause of her behaviour.

Amy went into rehab but it unfortunately did not help her and she was caught on camera with drugs which the police questioned her about but did not press charges.

Her father and management tried to help Amy and her recovery was in fragile stages but the damage had been done as she got resperatory problems and a weak heart.

Amy kicked her drug habit and began binge drinking in 2008 and by 2011 she had fallen into a pattern of abstaining for a few weeks and then binge drinking which was the cause of her death in July 2011 in her home in England.

Lindsay as the "it" girl
Lindsay as the "it" girl
Lohen not at her best
Lohen not at her best
Lindsay now
Lindsay now | Source

Lindsay Lohen

An American actress who made her acting debut at the age of eleven in the remake of the classic Disney film, "The Parent Trap." Lindsay made a huge number of successful movies and at seventeen was the youngest host for the MTV music awards. Her popularity grew and Lindsay became a household name in showbiz also encouraging her to create a debut album too.

The paparazzi began to follow her around and her entire life became gossip to all. Lindsay claimed that when her parents split she was the second parent who helped raise her siblings during the mess of her parents relationship. Her father was a stock trader who had been in trouble with the law.

After a string of good movies and a her debut album Lindsay's music career did not go too well and she was no longer the star in the movies taking second place in "Herbie" where the car was the star of the show.

Lindsay said that in her college years she was experimenting and having fun while unfortunately got caught by the paparazzi who turned it into public information.

Lindsay was involved in a DUI after running her car into a curb and was arrested. She checked herslef into a rehab clinic where she stayed for 45 days. She was to wear a SCRAM bracelet to monitor her sobriety and refused to be tested where she was then taken to a police station and found to be over the legal limit and police found a small amount of cocaine in her pocket. She was booked for drug possession, driving under the influence and driving with a suspended license. Lindsay went into rehab for the third time and was dropped from her movie, "Poor Things."

After her second DUI Lindsay pleaded guilty for possession and all her charges and was sentenced to one day imprisonment, (spending 84mins in jail due to overcrowding) and ten days of community service. She was also to pay a numerous amount of fines and complete a drug rehabilitation program and was on probation for three years which was extended due to her not appearing for her substance abuse court ordered tests.
Lohen was sentenced to 90 days in jail and 90 days of inpatient rehab after violating the terms of her probation. She only served 14 days of her jail sentence due to overcrowding and then went into rehab where she was released after 23 days where she was to submit random alcohol and drug screenings and attend therapy.

Lindsay completed all her community service and served another jail sentence for failing a drug test and stealing a necklace. She will be on probation until May 2014.

Lindsay appeared in "Vanity Fair" stating that she wanted her career back and that she is a good actress.

Briney Spears before
Briney Spears before
Britney Spears after
Britney Spears after

Britney Spears

Another statistic of what I would call "Early career syndrome." Britney started her career as a child performing in stage productions and television shows.

Spears was signed to Jive Records in 1997 at the age of sixteen where for the first ten years of her music career she became a prominent figure and had many hits becoming the best selling teenage artist of all time before she turned twenty.

Britney dated Justin Timberlake and they split after three years where it was suggested that she had cheated on him.

She married high school friend Jason Alexander in Las Vegas and the marriage was unalled fifty five hours later due to Britney's lack of understanding for her actions.

Spears met Kevin Federline who had recently broken up with his girlfriend who was carrying their second child. Britney and Federline married after only three months.

Britney took a break from music to start a family and had her first baby one year later. Paparazzi took pictures of her driving with the baby seat on her lap and it caused a major controversy.

Her second baby was born two years later and Kevin Federline and Britney got divorced for irreconcilable differences and they had joint custody of their two children.

Spears was admitted to rehab after her aunt died of ovarian cancer and she lost custody of her children.

Her father is her conservator and Britney is monitored closely for fear of relapse.

Heather in her prime
Heather in her prime
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mug shot

Heather Locklear

An American actress known for her role in Dynasty and Melrose Place.

Heather was nominated for six Golden Globes and won the First Americans in the Arts award for best actress (Melrose Place).

Locklear was married to Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee for seven years. After their divorce she married Bon Jovi's Richie Sambora in 1994. She gave birth to their only child in 1997. Locklear filed for divorce in 2006 after specualtions of another woman, Denise Richards who was Heather's good friend.

The divorce was final in 2007 and they both got joint custody of their daughter.

Heather then began dating former co - star Jack Wagner and it was said that they were to be married but their engagement was called off.

In September 2008 Heather was pulled over on suspicion of driving under the influence and the call was made by a paparazzi following the star. She was formally charged with a misdemeanor count of driving under the influence and the blood test showed no signs of drugs or alcohol in her system but they believed it to be the prescription medication that she was on for anxiety and depression. Locklear was sentenced to three years of informal probation, a fine and a safety driving course.

2010 led to Heather being arrested for a hit and run after her car was seen with damages to a no parking sign. The charges were dropped as there was not enough evidence.

In 2008 a 911 call was made by her doctor to say that she was attempting to commit suicide and emergency services were dispatched where Heather claimed she did not need any medical attention. The police did state that they believed the call to be genuine and Heather checked into a medical facility for psychological issues and anxiety and depression where she spent four weeks recovering.

In January 2012 Heather's sister called 911 where she believed her sister to be in danger after taking medication and alcohol. Emergency services responded and she was taken to hospital and was said to be fine the following day.


Tiger Woods

Well known golf legend and rated the most successful golfer of all time, Tiger Woods has also made a few mistakes. He was the highest paid athlete in the world for many years and was formerly the number one.

Woods turned professional in 1996 and has broken numerous records. He had consecutive wins and later had to cancel the rest of his tour due to a knee injury in 2008. He returned in 2009 but did not win and news of his infidelities came to light where he made a public apology for his behaviour and stated that he would be retiring from golf indefinitely.

In 2009 a tabloid newspaper printed a story of Tiger having an affair with a nightclub manager which both he and she denied. Two days later at around 2:30am he left his home and while driving collided with a fire hydrant and a tree where he was treated for minor lacerations.

This followed media speculation as to why it happened and Tiger reported that it was his own doings and it was part of a private family matter and that he would appreciate privacy.

In December that same year a news tabloid released a voice message of Woods speaking to his mistress. He made a public apology and asked for privacy so that he and his family could get through the events. Over the next few weeks a dozen women came forward admitting to having relations with the golfer and he again apologised and announced his retirement from golf.

Over 200 women came forward and he and his wife divorced and Tiger is now back into the "swing" of things with his golf career in place.

Hansie Kronje, South African Protea Cricket Captain
Hansie Kronje, South African Protea Cricket Captain

Hansie Kronjie

Famous South African cricketer and captain of the Springbok team in the 1990s. He was voted 11th greatest.

Hansie as the captain aided South Africa to win 27 tests and lost 11 completing victories against every team except Australia.

He holds the South African record for matches won as a captain and his 99 wins made him the third most successful captain worldwide.

In April 2000 the Delhi police revealed that they had a recorded conversation between Hansie and Sanjay Chawla who was a representative for the Indian betting syndicate over match fixing.

Three others were named;Hershell Gibbs, Nicky Boje and Pieter Strydom.

The United cricket board of South Africa denied that their players were involved and Hansie said that the allegations were without substance but was fired as captain after telling Ali Bacher that he was not completely honest.

Gibbs revealed that Hansie had offered him $15000 to score less than 20 runs in a match as well as another player but the second player hurt his shoulder and neither of them received the money.

Hansie released a statement revealing all his contact with bookmakers and he was introduced to Gupta who paid Hansie $30 000 to convince his team to lose the match but Hansie has spoken to none of his mates and was already out of the game. He got paid a further $50000 for team information.

Marlon Aranstom contacted him and offered $500 000 for the charity of his choice to fix a match and the money did not materialise and Hansie was given two amounts of money and a leather jacket but Kronje gave out names of other players in order to get Sanjay pf his back.

Gibbs and Williams were suspended from International cricket for six months and Hansie was banned from coaching or playing cricket for life where he challenged his ban and it was dismissed.

Hansie died in 2002 after a plane crash due to loss of visibility and the pilots were unable to land.

He was thirty two when he died.

© 2013 Natasha Pelati


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    • Tashaonthetown profile imageAUTHOR

      Natasha Pelati 

      3 years ago from South Africa

      Yes I am talking about people who have fallen off the perch and even if they rise again, it is sad to see that they did fall. It shows that nobody is perfect and we can rise from the ashes if it does happen!

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      Takako Komori 

      3 years ago from Yokohama, Japan

      Very informative and an interesting read! I don`t think you can say that Tom Cruise and Tiger Woods have fallen. Cruise still makes movies as himself as the main character and Tiger Woods is still playing golf, although he may no longer be No.1. Those that have died, like Amy Winehouse, yes, you could say they have fallen. I guess some celebrities are able to pick themselves up and move on after a scandal, but others seem to lose themselves (and their lives) in drug abuse.

    • Tashaonthetown profile imageAUTHOR

      Natasha Pelati 

      4 years ago from South Africa

      Thank you! Yes it is a different world for actors

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      John Hollywood 

      4 years ago from Hollywood, CA

      Interesting and thought provoking!

    • Tashaonthetown profile imageAUTHOR

      Natasha Pelati 

      5 years ago from South Africa

      Thank you so much! It's sad to know Heather Locklear has had so much trouble and you probably right, she should stay away from the rock stars!

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      5 years ago from Planet Earth

      Very informative. I usually do not concern myself with the personal affairs of celebrities, but for some reason your Hub caught my attention. I have been a fan of Mel Gibson movies for years, and I fell in love (not literally) with Heather Locklear since first watching her on Dynasty. I was aware of Gibson's reason troubles, though I was not aware of his divorce settlement; Ouch! And, Heather Locklear ... I did not know she was so troubled. Maybe her lesson would be to stay away from the rock stars.


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